“Team Ohio” composed of Ohio State Universitythe Ohio StateJobsOhio and One Columbus Selected to Develop Facility to Support World’s First Dedicated Space Science Park
PARIS, September 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Traveler area (Voyager), announced today that it has selected a proposal from The Ohio State Universitythe Ohio StateJobs Ohio and A Christopher Columbus (“Team Ohio”) to locate the terrestrial analogue of the George Washington Carver Science Park (GWCSP) at ohio state in Columbus, Ohio.
The GWCSP, established by Voyager and its operating company Nano racks, is expected to be a central part of Starlab, the companies’ proposed commercial space station. In December 2021Voyager and Nanoracks won a $160 million NASA award for designing Starlab as part of NASA’s Commercial Destination Free Flyers (CDFF) effort. GWCSP is the world’s first science park in space, operating today on the International Space Station (“ISS”). The GWCSP is built on a successful land-based business model where scientists and industry experts share their discoveries, collaborate and use new technologies to advance science and business efforts.
Together, Team Ohio and Voyager have agreed to a two-phase program to complete the development of the GWCSP ground laboratory. The project is still pending review and approval for incentives from JobsOhio and the Ohio Department of Development. The effort will begin this year with an installation at Ohio State College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Next year, the organizations plan to open a stand-alone facility at the Ohio State Aerospace and Air Transportation Campus, which houses the Ohio State University Airport (KOSU), Ohio State Aerospace Research Center, Knowlton Executive Flight Terminal and Education Center, and a range of corporate, government and private aviation and aerospace activities.
“Ohio is the birthplace of aviation and has a history deeply rooted in aerospace and defense innovation,” said Dylan Taylor, president and CEO of Voyager Space. “It’s clear that Ohio provides the most advantageous location for an onshore facility to support the success and long-term use of the George Washington Carver Science Park. Business researchers, operators, visionaries and creators of space change in Ohio will have the ability to influence and inspire organizations pursuing aerospace research and development and we are thrilled to partner with Team Ohio on this exciting project.”
from ohio Colleges and universities collectively train more than 13,000 engineers and engineering technicians each year. The state is home to more than 110,000 public and private aerospace and aviation professionals, as well as the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Battelle, NASA Glenn Research Center, the NASA Armstrong Test Facility and the Ohio Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center, which is at the forefront of innovative technologies allowing drones to fly safely beyond visual line of sight.
“The George Washington Carver Science Park is a wonderful example of the powerful synergies that Ohio offers to commercial space companies,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “This historic partnership at the intersection of aerospace and agriculture is extraordinary. Together, we will accelerate transformational aerospace technologies as Ohio continues to lead this country into the aerospace era of the 21st Century.”
The proposed temporary GWCSP site is located in the existing laboratory, classroom, office and meeting space of the Agricultural Engineering Building on the ohio state Campus. In addition to research, teaching, and service operations, this facility also houses the Agricultural Research Service (“ARS”) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) (ars.usda.gov). NASA and USDA currently have more than 120 joint space agricultural research activities underway.
“By collaborating with Team Ohio, Voyager Space is launching one of the most creative public-private partnerships in one of the most sought-after space destinations on this planet,” said Dr. John Horakfirst holder of the Neil Armstrong Professorship in Aerospace Policy at the College of Engineering and John Glenn College public affairs at the Ohio State University. “We know that this initial collaborative investment will grow into a larger commercial space research magnet that will serve as the primary North American site for the George Washington Carver Science Park.”
“During my conversations with the Voyager and Nanoracks team, I assured them that Ohio is 100% committed to being a leading innovator in aviation and aerospace,” said Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted, director of InnovateOhio. “This partnership between Nanoracks, Voyager and ohio state represents an important step toward leading this nation toward human commercial space operations in orbit, and the people of Ohio will play an important role in the future.”
“The decision to establish the George Washington Carver Science Park at The Ohio State University provides Voyager/Nanoracks with direct access to some of the most advanced research in the world,” said JP Nauseef, President and CEO of JobsOhio. “This commercial space laboratory will be the most advanced of its kind on Earth, enhanced by Ohio by 100,000 university researchers, faculty, staff and students, as well as partnerships between public, private and university resources that will fuel the innovations that make sustainable living in space possible. »
Research conducted at the GWCSP Terrestrial Laboratory will aim to generate positive social, economic, educational and quality of life outcomes for a wide range of constituents, in particular, the Ohio agricultural community. Some of these benefits include research to preserve from ohio water quality, ensure better agricultural production and improve plant and animal genetics to from ohio agricultural community.
“We have only just begun to scratch the surface of the possibilities and opportunities that await us in the ‘final frontier’, and our ability to maximize future exploration depends on collaboration between scientists and industry experts.” , says the president of The Ohio State University, Kristina M. Johnson. “Location of the George Washington Carver Science Park Earth Laboratory on Ohio State will be the best possible way to facilitate this joint effort and ensure that we share resources, research and knowledge across multiple disciplines. »
The GWCSP terrestrial laboratory is expected to include high-rise laboratory space, suitable for scientific research experiments that cover the full range of Starlab’s activities, procedure development, testing, prototyping and other essential activities on the way to spaceflight research.
The George Washington Carver Science Park honors the legacy of the famous American agronomist and inventor who developed hundreds of food products and practical, sustainable farming methods. The George Washington Carver Science Park is the first dedicated space member of the International Association of Science Parks (IASP), a catalyst for global participation in the space research ecosystem. In addition, Ohiobased at Zin Technologies (ZIN) and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), a washington d.c.company established for a long time in Ohio, are part of the founding leadership team of GWCSP. ZIN advises on the overall design of the laboratory in the GWCSP space and will develop key hardware as needed. The USRA will direct and manage the science park, prioritize and plan research, and oversee science laboratory operations.
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